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See One, Do One, Teach One

Nov 10

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11/10/2017 8:33 PM  RssIcon

Today we ended our week with a clinic in Punta Cana. We saw more than 100 patients in a small, well-kept school. We gave school supplies and toys to the teachers and principal and they said that we were a blessing from God.

Over the course of the week, our providers treated more than 1,300 patients. Two of those providers were our family medicine resident physicians from AMITA Health La Grange and AMITA Health Hinsdale. Dr. Royal McKenna (La Grange) and Dr. Sheena Eettickal (Hinsdale) did an outstanding job this week.

Today, Dr. McKenna saw a patient who had gone blind in his left eye due to a parasitic illness. The patient said he could actually feel something moving in his eye. Dr. McKenna examined the patient from head to toe and found that he also had uncontrolled diabetes. “The patient told me he had seen two doctors recently but I was the only doctor who laid hands on him during the exam,” McKenna said. “He must have thanked me six times.”

The physicians on the trip spent time teaching Drs. McKenna and Eettickal, making them reminiscent of the mentors who shaped their careers. “I showed Royal how to put on sterile gloves and that made me remember 15 years ago when someone taught me,” said Dr. Rema Johnson. “Each procedure we taught was hardwired so residents were able to see one, do one and teach one.”

For example, Dr. Eettickal watched a knee joint injection, then did it herself with assistance, and then progressed to diagnose and complete an injection without any assistance from Dr. Johnson. “She taught me so many clinical skills in such a short time,” Eettickal said. “Everyone is ready to help and teach.”

Dr. Eettickal said she applied to residency programs where she would be able to do mission work. “God always put on my heart to do mission work,” she said. “Being here this week was a privilege. I really experienced God’s love.”

Our clinic work has ended and we are preparing to head home on Sunday – but first we want to say thank you to some special people. At each clinic, providers would give handmade rainbow loom bracelets to their patients, made by Larry Drys’ daughters, Alison and Lauren and Alison's teammates on the Downers Grove North High School swim team. They made more than 300 bracelets at their home recently, and they were truly a hit.

We want to thank some of the people who have made our trip a success – our families, colleagues and loved ones back home. We couldn’t do this work without you, and we know you are working at home to support us. We are so blessed to work for an organization that truly extends the healing ministry of Jesus, even outside of our neighborhood.

During this trip, we connected our experiences to our AMITA Health values. At our final team meeting tonight, we heard testimonies from team members about how the values impacted their lives and those we served. Then, we stood in a circle, held hands and our chaplain, Cliff, led us in prayer.

7 comment(s) so far...


You guys are Rock Stars in God’s eyes!

To my wonderful wife Mary (Dr. Lewis) and the whole team. You guys are Rock stars. I’m not sure calling it an amazing week is the best description but the work you do is!! When you come home you will tell us about the mission, but unless you’re there we won’t fully comprehend what you did this week in the conditions you worked in. But what we do know is that you are some of the most talented giving people we know. So proud of you Mary and the rest of the team. Safe travels home.
Mark Lewis

By Mark Lewis on   11/10/2017 10:07 PM

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This is very cool!! The see one do one teach one is very cool and I'm sure very helpful. I'm proud of you for doing all of these good deeds but I sure miss you here!!

Love and miss you

By Tiffany Busch on   11/10/2017 11:10 PM

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Great job team! Enjoy your day of rest and have a safe trip home tomorrow! Great job with the blog Julie! Looking forward to seeing more of the pictures

By Dave on   11/11/2017 7:36 AM

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What a wonderful week you have had! Have a safe trip home and call me. Very proud of you and can't wait to hear your stories. Love ya, MOM

By Renee Autor, Julie's Proud Mom on   11/11/2017 6:25 PM

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Great job team! Enjoy your day of rest and have a safe trip home tomorrow! Great job with the blog Julie! Looking forward to seeing more of the pictures

By Dave on   11/12/2017 7:14 AM

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Julie, the work you and your team have done is nothing short of incredible! Your team is doing truly amazing things for people that, otherwise, would not be as fortunate. It is great to see a big corporation reaching out to people that lack the means to get such services.

By Nicholas Quick on   11/12/2017 12:35 PM

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Glad everyone made back safe and sound. Not sure where Julie got her writing skills, very impressed.

By Steve Autor (Julie's Dad) on   11/15/2017 12:46 PM

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